Contact Us

County College Presidents’ Compensation Padded With Perks: NJ Report

A report released today by the Office of the State Comptroller found that New Jersey’s community colleges padded their president’s compensation with perks such as housing allowances, meals and airfare.

Union County College
Union County College (

The OSC report found that the average total payments to or on behalf of New Jersey’s community college presidents exceeded $250,000 in 2010. The largest amount of compensation, $441,000, was paid to the then-president of Union County College. Furthermore, that individual was actually on sabbatical. While he received full pay and benefits, the school was simultaneously paying another employee to perform the presidential duties.

Essex County College’s president received more than $20,000 in expenses on top of her $245,000 salary. The additional expenses included a $3,5000 housing allowance, unlimited use of the college-funded Lincoln MKZ, $2,000 for┬áround-trip flights between New Jersey and Florida, and $550 so she could send each of the school’s 11 trustees a holiday gift basket.

Bergen Community College’s president used the college credit card to make $28,000 in purchases, including $16,600 for meals, liquor and entertainment.

The OSC report also found that an overwhelming majority of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges chose to exceed the annual contribution to their president’s retirement funds. Five of the colleges paid more than triple the required contribution. When Union’s president retired in December 2010, he received a separate $1 million retirement distribution that had been funded by the college over a period of years.

“The true extent of the compensation is being hidden from public view,” said State Comptroller Matt Boxer. His office called for guidelines and parameters for school trustees to follow when compensating presidents.

“We understand that this is not a situation where one size fits all, but when we’re spending taxpayer dollars, some broad parameters would be appropriate,” Boxer said.

The colleges’ funding stems primarily from student tuition, state aid and taxes paid by county residents.

The OSC report also recommended that each community college post its president’s employment contract and annual expense information on its website.

Best of The Point

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Point Clique quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Point Clique contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.